Gov. Evers announces $25 million Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program

Joanna Estrada
May 22, 2020

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Gov. Tony Evers has announced a $25 million initiative to help Wisconsin residents with rental assistance.

"Every cooperative sector we serve as been negatively impacted by COVID-19". Farm support payments could begin arriving as early as June. He says by no means would the money make farmers whole, but it would go a long way to helping them. Administered by the Department of Administration (DOA), the Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will provide direct financial assistance for owed rent, security deposits, and wrap around services for program eligible individuals.

Evers says payments to farmers could start as soon as next month. "COVID-19 has brought to the forefront the importance of our farmers, cooperatives, processors and distributors in meeting the food requirements of the nation", said Daniel Smith, Cooperative Network President and CEO. Applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with local food experts to aid in connecting with farmers in their area. The funds come as part of the federal government's $2 trillion CARES Act stimulus package. Some of it would be used to buy products from the agriculture industry in Wisconsin.

Bragger also supports that idea. "They should not also have to worry about losing the roofs over their head", Evers said in a statement Wednesday. "Connecting the dots between struggling food producers with organizations that are working to address food insecurity requires a coordinated effort-one that draws upon the ingenuity of our residents and their devotion to their neighbors and communities".

"The Wisconsin Rental Assistance Program will hopefully provide peace of mind to a lot of people, as well as a reminder to them that we are all in this together".

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